Rev Ian Grainger - an Appreciation
REV. IAN G. GRAINGER (10th April 1925 – 9th August 2009)
Ian was called to the Linked Charge of Maxton with Newtown St Boswells in 1985. A late entrant to the ministry, this was his first and only charge.
Born in Newcastle, Ian had a life-long involvement with the church – initially with the Methodist church, his father being a Methodist lay preacher.
A civil engineer by profession, his work took him to many parts of the globe – to Banavie in the Scottish Highlands, where, in addition to his day job as a civil engineer, he was also a working crofter and a lay preacher, to Lundy as administrator for the Landmark Trust and to Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific. Wherever he went, he and his wife Rena and his family were fully involved in church life.
Ian with Rena's blessing and encouragement, then went to New College and trained as a minister. During his ministry in Maxton and Newtown, Ian won the love and respect of his parishioners for his thoughtful preaching and for his interest in, and care for, all whom he met.
Retirement took Ian and Rena to Mull to live, where his engineering skills were put to good use as was his love of the land. Throughout his retirement, his service to the church continued, as, on more Sundays than not, he was fulfilling pulpit supply, conducting his final service in Bunessan Baptist Church at the end of May.
A genial host, a true and loyal friend, he will be greatly missed by many for his wise counsel, his sense of fun and his caring nature.
But, first and foremost, Ian was a family man. A much loved husband to Rena, father to their 3 children and adored by his eight grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are for them, for it is they who will miss him most.
( Ian was laid to rest on Saturday 15th August 2009 in Suidhe Graveyard, Bunessan.)